English Theatre Week

English Theatre Week #3: THE GLOBE THEATRE – London (Shakespeare´s Globe)

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WEDNESDAY 10/19/2016

|| I hope that my first season will inspire joy, sorrow, fear and laughter in equal, glorious, wonderful, childlike measure as we all choose to get lost in the woods together ||

– EMMA RICE, director of the Globe Theatre

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The famous Globe Theatre in London is the most real and lovingly Shakespeare „playhouse“. The original Globe closed down in 1644, when the puritian party did not want any places of amusement any more. Luckily, it has been rebuilt in about 1970 by a famous American actor!

The Globe Theatre nowadays is an Elizabethanian theatre rebuilt, and named Shakespeare´s Globe. It is located on South bank of River Thames near to „Anchor Terrace“. There is space for 1,500 people.

The actor Sam Wanamaker visited London in 1949. He wanted to see the famous Globe Theatre, but was in tears, as people told him that there was no more Globe Theatre. Wanamaker could only see a bronze Plaque with „Globe Theatre“ written on it. Sam Wanamaker decided to build a new Theatre, and this should be his life´s work. The Globe Theatre, as we know it nowadays, was re-opened in 1997.

Sam Wanamaker died of Cancer in 1993, so he could not open „his“ theatre, sadly. Today there is the Sam Wanamaker playhouse, which is a candlelit indoor theatre, located on the nowadays Globe site, and can be accessed through the main Foyer of the Globe Theatre.

The first artistic director of the Globe rebuilt was Mark Rylance, from 1997 to 2005.

Now, the Globe is at it´s „WONDER SEASON“, and, for the first time, directed by Mrs. Emma Rice.

QUOTATION from shakespearesglobe.com:

„Emma will open her season by directing A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Following this, audiences can expect powerful stagings of The Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth as well as Imogen, a reframed production of Cymbeline; UK-wide tours of The Merchant of Venice and The Two Gentlemen of Verona; and Kneehigh’s family-friendly 946 – The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips and the magical The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk.“

The Summer Season 2016 is Extended with „The Globe on Tour“. One of the Plays which are touring around the world is – no wonder- „The Merchant of Venice“. At the moment, it heads to Venice (originally) to take a final bow.

Tomorrow: Read a Review of „The Merchant of Venice“ (production of The Globe Theatre starring Jonathan Pryce, Stefan Adegbola, Rachel Pickup).


English Theatre Week #2: Shakespeare shaken, not stirred.

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TUESDAY 10/18/2016



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Shakespeare´s early work

Let´s have a short introduction:

Yesterday we were talking about Shakespeare´s life. So today we are going to have a look at his career and work, before we start with some Investigation and critical Reviews of some of his timeless and incredible plays, which are currently on schedule of famous playhouses.

And now to:

Shakespeare in his early years: He wrote comedies and histories, too. His era was the Elizabethan Era, and comedies were very wild and also often a bit challenging to actors. Shakespeares plays were and of course, are highly popular. He often referred to italian culture, by especially two of his plays: „The Two Gentlemen of Verona“, and „The Merchant of Venice“. „The Two Gentlemen of Verona“ (1589) was Shakespeare´s first recorded (theatrical) play. „The Two Gentlemen of Verona“ was followed by „The Taming of the Shrew“ (1590), which is also a very popular play. Also in his early years, he did „Henry VI“, „Titus Andronicus“, „Richard III“, and „Edward III“. He did take advantage of kings, too.

In 1594, there was „The Comedy of Errors“, which was absolutely hilarious. Then, in the „best years“ of the poet, the all-star-story „Romeo and Juliet“ (1595). This Story (and the play) became so popular that even nowadays, tourists want to visit Juliet´s balcony, „Casa di Giulietta“, in Verona/Italy. And every pupil has to read „Romeo and Juliet“, of course. But „Romeo and Juliet“ is not an ordinary piece of art, as we would know it. It is much more of giving access to innermost thoughts and feelings (this includes men and women).

Another very special „dream“ is the one: „A Midsummer Night´s Dream“ (1595). This comedy is set in Athens, Greece, and in a cursed wood. The marriage of king and queen is also a popular theme, and the setting is just magnificent. „What angel wakes me from my flowery bed?“ is one really suitable question too. Maybe Shakespeare thought that we are a little too convinced of beautiful men and women, and that beauty is or was the most important thing when it comes to bounds.

„The Merchant of Venice“ (1597) is based on friendship, the timeless Money lending business, love and of course, religion. Partly, this piece of art is set in Venice, but important scenes are set in Belmont, the story is based on novel No. 195 from „Gesta Romanorum“ – „The doings of Romans“.


Tomorrow: Read the first review of the week of one of the plays described here.





English Theatre Week #1: Something weird, something good – Shakespeare´s Life

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MONDAY 10/17/2016



We all know William Shakespeare. Who would not know this famous man? Famous? Yes, he is. But most people do know his name, how it is spelled. If they are not really into it, they would barely know that this man has written 38 dramatic theatre plays, and the gorgeous amount of 154 Sonetts (or Klanggedichte, as Germans would say).

Shakespeare´s early life

Most of it we know from public documents, not so much from private ones. Printed text and hand-written text is very important if you want to unterstand what the plays meant to him. Well, people can say, there is not a single biography of Shakespeare that says the truth about the real William. Many of the written books are based on the historical context, meaning the time William Shakespeare wrote and arranged his plays.

Let´s start and say, there was this town, called Stratford-upon-Avon, a little town, 100 miles northwest of London. William was born there in 1564, not sure if it was April 23rd.

William was the last of three children, but only he survived, the two earlier children, named Joan and Margaret, had died early. His father was John Shakespeare, a Glover from Snitterfield. His mother´s name was Mary Arden.

William was often called „Bard of Avon“, and also „England´s national Poet“. Pretty good, don´t you think so? The Greatest writer in English language and famous dramatist. Plays of William have been translated in so many languages that the world almost must be full of his plays in every language. In fact, that is not fully the case, but it also sounds really big.


Shakespeare´s early work

Read more of Shakespeare´s work tomorrow!





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